Bioparc Doue-la-Fontaine, also known as the Zoo Doue-la-Fontaine, is a private zoo located in the department of Maine-et-Loire, France. The park was created in 1961 by Louis Gay Douessin the heart of old mining shelly stone quarries and is divided in two stages (one section is underground). Bioparc had a record attendance in 2009 with 245,243 visitors and is one of the best zoos in Europe.
Heavily involved in the conservation of endangered species Bioparc Bioparc Doue-la-Fontaine has several projects aimed at protecting the natural environment and the species that live there. In 2013, nearly 25 projects, funded largely by the Bioparc were in place worldwide.
The park covers an area of fourteen acres and is home to nearly 1,000 animals (including almost 500 birds) belonging to 100 species. The bird area, recently opened, is incredible: you are walking around in a huge birds area, and the birds are all around you.
We visited on a glorious spring afternoon in 2015 and had lunch in the park restaurant near the giraffes and zebras pit. The restaurant offers a good mixed BarBQ (good quality meat), salad and unlimited dessert. The tickets were almost 20€, a little pricey for a zoo, but to see wild animals of all species roaming around, apparently unrestricted, was a photographic treat. From feeding giraffes to getting up close and personal with vultures, this is without doubt one the best zoos that we have ever visited.The facilities were excellent (including the WCs) and on a sunny April day with few other visitors.
Since our visit the park introduced several updates including “The Ghosts of the Himalayas” a new mineralized land that welcome the wildlife that haunt the inhospitable Himalayan peaks.
Come visit. It was a truly wonderful experience…
By Ana Alegria and Carlos Canaes. Updated: 07/04/2017
Location: Loire-Anjou-Touraine Natural Regional Park, 103 Rue de Cholet, 49700 Doué-la-Fontaine, France
Tickets (2017): Adult: 21 € Child (ages 3-10) : 16 € Free for children under 3 years
Opens February to OctoberTop Rides
Birds pit, Girafe and Zebras pit